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Learning How to Learn Science: Physics for Bioscience Majors
Why are some students good at learning science, while others are not?
How may we help all students become better science learners?
These are the core questions Our focus is on two classes:
Our objectives in this project are to carry out research in science learning among college-level introductory physics students and
to develop new learning environments that can be used in large-lecture college courses. For more information on these topics, follow the links below.
- Fundamentals of Physics.
This is the algebra-based introductory physics course intended mainly for students in the biological and medical sciences and is our primary focus. It has hundreds of students and is usually taught based around large lecture classes.
- How to Learn Physics:
This is a small seminar intended for non-scientists and focuses on building an understanding of the nature of scientific knowledge and how it is developed.
- Final Report
- Research in science learning with emphasis on metacognition and epistemological issues.
- Development of new learning environments for large lecture courses that affect how students think about their knowledge and how they learn science.
- Papers and Talks describing what has been learned and developed in the project.
Senior Staff Contact
supported in part by a grant from the US National Science Foundation.
by University of Maryland PERG
questions may be directed to E.
January 22, 2006